Butler opens things up

Iowa State lost head coach Gene Chizik to Auburn last week and when the news came down current Antelope Valley S Troy Butler (6-1, 200), who had committed to the Cyclones back in August, decided he should keep his options open. JCFootball.com caught up with Butler recently and he updated us on things including which schools he's going to be contacting this week...

Butler had an outstanding season for the Marauders in 2008 and was named the conference defensive player of the year after posting 82 tackles, one sack and two interceptions from his free safety spot.

"I can play either strong or free safety it really doesn't matter to me," Butler told JCFootball.com. "I feel comfortable playing close to the line or in center field, it makes no difference to me."

Butler committed to Iowa State back in late August and, while he's still open to the Cyclones he noted that he's going to take a look around as well.

"I'm not de-committed at all, but I need to check things out again," Butler said. "Coach Chizik was a great guy and so was his staff and the situation for me is perfect, but now I just need to look around and wait to see who ends up coaching at Iowa State.

"When I committed I had offers from Kansas State and Arizona State and California and Oregon State were looking at me pretty hard, but they didn't get a chance to offer me because I committed so early."

Butler said he's already spoken with Kansas State and Arizona State and he plans to get in touch with Cal and Oregon State as well to let them know he's re-opened things.

Butler would like to sign with a school this week (Wednesday), but he said he'd wait to sign in February if he had to.

Wherever Butler ends up he'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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